11/23/2004 1:00AM

Kentucky eyes insurance


The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority on Monday formed a committee to explore the possibility of covering jockeys under workers' compensation programs in the state.

Jim Gallagher, the executive director of the racing authority, said Tuesday that the committee will attempt to work in tandem with a panel set up by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, also on Monday. The NTRA committee has been asked to issue recommendations by the end of the year on how to implement national accident coverage for jockeys at racetracks.

In other business, the Kentucky racing authority has hired trainer John Veitch to be its deputy director. Veitch will concentrate on a review of the state's rules and regulations.